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Homebrewing is now officially legal in all 50 states after recently passed legislation took effect this week in Mississippi, according to the American Homebrewers Association.
Prohibition outlawed homebrewing in 1919, but the federal government didn’t legalize the practice until 1978, long after Prohibition was repealed. However, regulating alcohol is largely left to the states, the AHA said.
The last two states that still had laws on the books forbidding homebrewing, Alabama and Mississippi, both passed bills this year permitting it. Alabama’s law took effect immediately after the governor signed the bill May 9, the association said.
“Homebrewers are deeply dedicated to their craft and the AHA is thrilled that homebrewers in all 50 states can now legally take part in that passion,” said Gary Glass, director of the American Homebrewers Association, in a written statement.
Homebrewing is growing in popularity across the country, the group said. It has more than 38,000 members and estimates that more than 1 million Americans brew beer or make wine at home at least once a year.